AURORA, Colo. (AP) – A second police officer allowed to represent his department at a South Dakota lawman’s funeral has retired after authorities say he and a fellow officer took an alcohol-fueled ride through Wyoming on their way to the service.

Police Chief Daniel Oates said he accepted Gerald Kirby’s retirement on Wednesday along with an apology.

On Monday, Officer Bradley

Bradley Bickett (credit: Goshen County Sheriff)

retired and apologized for his conduct.


Kirby and Bickett were accused of speeding past traffic with their emergency lights flashing and tossing trash from a window on their way to the South Dakota funeral of a fallen police officer.

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Comments (2)
  1. Inspiration says:

    Great post thanks for sharing

  2. jill_d says:

    Better to retire and get your pension, then to stick around, face any departmental disciplinary charges and hearings and risk losing your pension.

    Am guessing this wasn’t the first time these two strayed outside the lines.

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